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upon his contacts with the Intelligence Service through the medium of
Lady Paget, Mr. Alexander (later First Lord of the Admiralty)} Leckard^
Armstrong, and so forth,*
The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs replied to Vyshinsky's accusa-
tion with great restraint, merely stating: cc any insinuation that the
higher military officers or civil servants of the Polish Republic had acted
in Germany's favour is so fantastic that he had no intention of answering
it. Moreover^ the charge of having engaged in intelligence work on
behalf of one of the Allied States., repeatedly made by the Soviet authori-
ties against Embassy delegates^ was not only unfounded but . . . incon-
ceivable to him."
There was regret on the part of the Polish and Allied Governments,
while more and more charges were levelled by Soviet propaganda. A
great campaign against Poland had been launched by the Russians with
the aim of isolating her and augmenting the powerful pro-Russian current
of public opinion in the countries of the Allies and directing it into channels
unsympathetic towards the Polish cause. During this time,, inside Russia
itself, the Polish Department of the Comintern was pushing its puppet,,
the * Union of Polish Patriots ' more and more to the fore.f This c Union *
with each passing day usurped fresh attributes of Polish sovereignty
towards the Poles still detained in the U.S.S.R., preparing the world
to one day receive the news of this ' friendly Polish Government* which
would spring into being in Moscow^ and3 with the assistance of the Soviets
and by armed force,, be prepared to conqudr the future Poland—the
seventeenth Republic of the Soviet Union.
The Katyn discovery, fanned by German propaganda and continually
dwelt on by the press and radio throughout Europe, could not but make
a deep impression on the countrymen of those unfortunate warriors who
had met their death in such a dreadful manner. The Polish people were
greatly shocked and that section consisting of the sis million Poles in the
U.S.A. who could speak freely, expressed the greatest anxiety and fear
regarding the fate of those Poles still in the Soviet Union. America was
flooded with horrifying news regarding these exiles—the public were
convinced that if these unfortunate people had not already died then
they would soon do so from starvation.
* The minutes of the Bukharin trial were published by the Soviet Commissariat
of Justice in English, Report of Court Proceedings in the Case of the Anti~So%ut
**Bloc oj Rights and Trotskyites" Moscow* 1938, see pp. 303-305, 507.
t The Comintern was officially dissolved a few weeks ]ater> after the severance
of Polish-Russian diplomatic relations. Stalin, in his letter on May 28th to the
Moscow correspondent of Renter's Agency^ Mr. King> observed: *c the dissolving
of the Comintern was a proper action to demarche the Hitlerite lies that Moscow
intended to intervene in the life of other States and boishevize them. These lies
have now ended.9*
The Communist Internationale changed its name to War and the. Working
(Woyna i Rabochyj Klass),